Reminder- The Great Oregon Shakeout is coming October 19!

Please note that the “Great Oregon Shakeout” is coming October 19th at 10:19 am.  This is an exercise to test our preparedness for an Earthquake.  You can learn more about this event at :  Please see the great informative video on this site.

Please note that the recent earthquake activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Oct. 11 – 4.5 quake off Vancouver Island.
Oct. 12 – 3.4 quake near Toppenish, WA.
Oct 13 – 4.5 quake off the Oregon coast near Bandon.
Oct. 14 3.4 quake near Vernonia , OR.
Oct. 17 – 3.4 quake near Goldendale, OR.

All this earthquake activity is fairly common in our region.  Does it forecast the Big One?  No one knows for sure, but scientists think that we are overdue.  In any case, it’s best to be prepared.

More information about earthquake activity can be found on the apps “QuakeFeed,” or  “QuakeWatch.


Alarm System assessment

In response to the letter from your board asking if you as a resident would like us to do more investigation on monitoring of alarm systems in CHOA,  the overwhelming response was that you would like us to gather more information.

In response to our CHOA residents request,  you will soon receive analarm assessment form as the next step in this process.   Please fill this form out and return to us so that we will have correct information on what is already in place in your home.

Return your form per the instructions on the bottom of the form, either to the CHOA mailbox on Boones Bend, or you can scan and email your form to

I have attached a copy of the form to this post,  if you for some reason did not receive the form, you can print it and return per the instructions on the bottom of the form

This is a very important next step for your board and for you.  We need your help in getting everyone to return the completed alarm assessment form.

Note from Garron Grounds on Pruning of Trees

CHOA Homeowners,

September 22nd is the Official Start of Fall.

As we begin our fall pruning, we’d like to hear from you about any pruning concerns you may have around your home.

We will be happy to meet with you and discuss preferences we can accommodate during this next pruning cycle. You may have plants that have grown so large they are blocking your views or interfering with your landscape.

We can also discuss the pros & cons of renovation pruning during this time of year.

We will be glad to schedule a visit with you to inspect your landscaping needs and any other concerns you may have.

Please contact us at

Sincerely Ken Bartus

Caring for your Roses

There is still time to enjoy the beautiful roses that are growing throughout the Charbonneau community.

However, it will soon be time to prune them back so that we will have roses to enjoy next year.  Mid-October to mid-November is a good time for a cleanup pruning and then major pruning in February. This is just a reminder that Garron does not prune our roses and it is the homeowners’ responsibility.

Please do not feed the wildlife

Please do not feed any of the wildlife we have here in Charbonneau.  This includes:

Geese, Ducks, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Deer, Coyotes, Skunks and any other wild animal you might come across in our neighborhood.

Wild animals that are fed by humans can lose their fear of people and become aggressive when they don’t get food as expected.

While it is fun to watch the wildlife in our neighborhood, please remember they are wild and designed to find their own food.  So please enjoy them but don’t feed them!

CPR and AED Training available to CHOA members

Please note that representatives from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue provided basic CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and use of our new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on August 30 located in Rec Hall C.  10 of your neighbors attended.  We would like to offer this class again if there is an interest from other neighbors.

Also- please note that there is an app- PulsePoint that lists all of the AEDs in Oregon.  Please download so you always know where there nearest AED is located.

Here is a basic overview of the training for CPR:

Before Giving CPR
1  Check the scene and the person. Check to make sure the scene is safe, tap the person on the shoulder to see if they’re OK, and look for signs of rhythmic, normal breathing.
2  Call 911 for assistance. If there’s no response from the victim when asked if he or she is OK, call 911, or ask a bystander to call for help.

3  Begin compressions. If the person is unresponsive, perform hands-only CPR.

How to Perform Hands-Only CPR
1  Kneel beside the person who needs help.
2  Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.
3  Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first
hand, then lace your fingers together.
4  Position your body so that your shoulders are directly over your hands, and keep your arms straight.
5  Push hard, push fast. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. (Just be sure to let chest rise completely between compressions.)
6  Keep pushing. Continue hands-only CPR until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, another trained responder or EMS professional can take over, you’re too exhausted to continue, an AED becomes available, or the scene becomes unsafe.

Here you can see your neighbors practicing CPR and using the AED. The AED walks you through the process. All you have to do is follow its directions.

Please let us know if you would like training in CPR and the use of the AED and we will schedule additional training sessions.

Alarm system Open Letter – Please respond with a short Yes or No

You Received an Open Letter on the Alarm System

If you have already responded by email that’s great.  If you would rather just respond as a comment online, this is just another way to respond.

The purpose of this post and the letter is to hear from our 228 residents about their desire to investigate changing or maintaining the current CC&Rs related to the Alarm System monitoring.  


The current step is to gather a tally Yay/Nay responses

Questions or Next steps should be addressed in an email to Jan Landis, not on the website.

We will give a report after two weeks of Yay/Nay responses received.

Information:  If you have a landline, you may be connected to the Alarm monitoring system that is managed by Wilsonville Lock and Security, they could not tell me who was or was not.

You may want to call Wilsonville Lock and Security to see if you are truly connected


Pool Electrical Panels all updated!






Please note that the Electrical Boxes at our Pools are now all upgraded to the latest codes.  See Before and After pictures above!

Nice work by Steve Chinn and Bob Barnum.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to connect with Steve Chinn or 503-312-0927 or Bob Barnum who is the Board member in charge of the Pools.

Irrigation Issues


Please note that the irrigation water is filled with algae and debris, which is clogging our filters and sprinklers. It’s taking up most of the time of our Irrigation Specialist just keeping the sprinklers running. Until this condition clears up we may not be able to respond to regular irrigation requests in a timely manner.

We ask that the residents please hand water if they have plants in danger.  

We appreciate your patience as we work thru this problem.

Please contact Steve Chinn at or 503-682-0234 if you have any questions and/or need more information.